Holy bebop, Batman! Jeff Rupert, director of the University of Central Florida Flying Horse Big Band, decided to turn the school’s premier student ensemble loose on classic 1960s TV-superhero music. This CD focuses on the energetic, quirky stuff that Nelson Riddle and others wrote for Batman, with a nod to Spider-Man for good measure.
Rupert, fellow saxophonists Harry Allen and Mark Taylor, trumpeter Michael Philip Mossman, and pianist/UCF faculty member Per Danielsson arranged the material for this narrowly focused big-band project. The band sounds inspired and tight throughout, augmented on a couple of tracks by faculty members Richard Drexler on Hammond B-3 and Marty Morell on varied percussion.